What’s the Difference Between a PHP and an IOP?
Partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs are essentially the same type of outpatient treatment. The difference comes in the time commitment required.
Despite the name, an intensive outpatient program is not the more demanding of the two programs. You typically attend sessions for two or three hours on two or three weekdays. An IOP will consist of a minimum of nine hours of treatment weekly. With a PHP, by contrast, sessions usually run for four to six hours on every weekday.
(PHP) Partial Hospitalization Program
A partial hospitalization program allows clients to stay at home or at a luxury sober living home at night while during the day receiving addiction or mental health treatment in our luxury behavioral health center. Clients will dedicate a considerable amount of the week in treatment or recovery programs where they will receive evidence-based care customized to their needs.
Partial hospitalization programs offer clients many of the same evidence based therapies and treatments as residential treatment, including:
- Individual therapy
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Mindfulness training
- Arts therapy
Some Partial hospitalization programs will also offer (MAT) medication assisted treatment and other early recovery programs.
At the district recovery, we offer luxury amenities and evidence based treatments to promote lasting recovery. Clients will receive a considerable amount of comprehensive care personalized to them, meeting throughout the week and even evening programs to be flexible with clients schedules
(IOP) Intensive Outpatient Program
Most intensive outpatient treatment programs are very similar to their php counterparts in that patients are in treatment during the day and get to go home at night. The main difference is IOPs are usually less time intensive with shorter hours, so they’re perfect for clients who are re-entering daily life with work, relationships, and family commitments.
At the District, we know that for treatment to work there has to be a range of flexibility. Thats why our IOP programs cater to our clients schedules. We incorporate virtual IOP programs, and availability throughout the day.
After enrolling on our IOP, you’ll receive evidence based care administered by experts in the addiciton field utilizing therapies and treatments including:
- Group therapy
- Family therapy
- Relapse prevention training
- life skill training
IOP programs are geared towards clients that do not need as much hands on care and are afforded more flexibility and empowerment during treatment. Usually IOPs are best utilized for clients going to the next level of recovery transferring from a PHP or a residential facility.
What Do PHPs Involve?
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
Medication-assisted treatment is not always necessary or appropriate. For many cases of alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder, though, FDA-approved medications ease withdrawal symptoms and minimize cravings.
While MAT can be highly effective, it’s best delivered in combination with psychotherapy, a form of talk therapy like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy).
CBT helps you isolate the triggers and negative patterns of thinking that lead you to abuse substances. By formulating healthy coping strategies, you’ll learn how to deal with the everyday stressors life throws your way without relapsing.
With the personalized attention offered by individual counseling, you’ll explore the underpinning reasons for your substance abuse.
You’ll have the time to focus on the issues that count for you. Working closely with your counselor, you’ll set and chart goals throughout your PHP.
While group counseling sessions can’t deliver the same one-to-one attention as individual counseling, you’ll benefit in other ways.
Being surrounded by others at similar stages of recovery can be powerfully motivating. You can learn from others and gain insight and inspiration from others in the same boat.
How Long Does a PHP Last?
PHPs are by design a form of strictly short-term addiction treatment.
If you have a mild addiction to alcohol or drugs, you could complete a PHP in a matter of weeks. The majority of partial hospitalization programs last for several months, though.
Upon completion, you can step down to a lower level of care like an IOP or a regular outpatient program if you still feel like you need support.
Instead of obsessing over arbitrary timescales, focus on achieving your treatment goals while undertaking a PHP. It takes as long as it takes. This attitude will also serve you well throughout your ongoing recovery, something you should view as a process and not an isolated event.
When Is a PHP Advisable?
Consider a PHP in Southern California if the following circumstances are met:
- You have a stable and supportive home environment
- You do not have any medical complications
- You present no risk of harm, either to yourself or others
- You’re highly motivated to engage with treatment
- Your substance abuse is creating problems at home, work, or school
- You’re suffering from a co-occurring mental health condition
When Is a PHP Inadvisable?
PHPs don’t make the best fit in the following situations:
- For trauma and abuse victims
- If you have tried outpatient treatment before but relapsed
- For anyone without a strong support system
- If you have substance-abusing family members
Why is Southern California PHP Treatment Beneficial?
If you’ve become more reliant on alcohol or drugs to the extent it’s interfering with your life, you might be overwhelmed by the volume of treatment options at your disposal in Southern California.
Broadly, speaking, addiction treatment falls into one of the following two categories:
- Inpatient rehab
- Outpatient rehab
One form of outpatient rehab is a partial hospitalization program or PHP.
This type of treatment program is delivered in an outpatient setting, with scheduled sessions lasting for a few hours each weekday. When sessions are finished, you head home overnight. If your home environment is unsupportive, you could consider basing yourself at a sober living home for the duration of treatment. Most clients following a PHP will remain at home, though.
PHPs sit a step down from inpatient rehab on the continuum of care. Despite the name, PHPs are more intensive than IOPs (intensive outpatient programs). We’ll explore the core difference between partial hospitalization programs and intensive outpatient programs below.
Choose a PHP at The District Recovery Community
Opting for a PHP at The District Recovery Community gives you access to a wide variety of treatments. The core component of the partial hospitalization program is medication-assisted treatment delivered in combination with psychotherapy. This integrated approach helps you more smoothly transition from detox and withdrawal into recovery proper.
FDA-approved medications are especially beneficial for treating alcohol use disorder and opioid use disorder. These medications will reduce the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms you suffer, while also serving to tamp down cravings for drink or drugs.
Equally important, you’ll explore the root causes of your addiction through psychotherapies like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and DBT (dialectical behavior therapy). These talk therapies help you isolate the triggers that lead you to abuse substances, and you’ll also learn superior coping mechanisms so you can negotiate life’s stressors without relapsing.
You can also expect access to any or all of the following as you undertake a partial hospitalization program in Southern California:
- Individual counseling
- Group counseling
- Adventure-based therapy
- Holistic therapies
With a partial hospitalization program, then, you’ll enjoy close medical supervision throughout your treatment. If you need help with a medical detox, you should enquire about this before engaging with a PHP.
You’ll be free to remain independent while enjoying the support and structure of a rigid treatment program that should help you move from withdrawal into the challenging initial phase of recovery. Choose the right PHP in Southern California and you’ll make this stage of the recovery journey smoother while reducing your chances of relapse.
Benefits of a PHP at TDRC
Many people are put off pursuing addiction treatment due to the costs. For anyone looking to finance rehab through insurance, most policies do not provide coverage for inpatient treatment. Most providers, though, cover the cost of partial hospitalization programs. Since the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, health insurance policies must offer coverage for substance abuse disorders and co-occurring mental health conditions.
PHPS offer a wide variety of inclusive healing services ranging from M.A.T. to group therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy. Clinicians in these programs will help guide young men and women to a life of sobriety.
However you plan to pay, then, PHPs make a cost-effective route to recovery.
Many people who complete a course of residential rehab for alcohol use disorder or substance use disorder don’t feel ready to re-engage with society unsupported. Stepping down to a PHP can be invaluable, especially if you have a dual diagnosis.
PHP at The District Recovery Community
For anyone looking to commit to recovering from addiction to drink or drugs in Southern California, here at The District Recovery Community, we offer a variety of appropriate programming.
If you have a supportive and encouraging home environment, with family members as committed to your recovery as you are, a PHP at TDRC might be the ideal solution. We’ll help you more smoothly ease your way back into the life addiction stole from you. With all the support you need, and without the restrictions or expense of residential rehab, there’s no reason you can’t achieve sustained sobriety after completing a PHP.
Kickstart your recovery today. Call the friendly TDRC team at 844.287.8506.